Testing a model of user-experience with news websites.

Gabor Aranyi, Paul Van Schaik

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Although the Internet has become a major source for accessing news, there is little research regarding users' experience with news sites. We conducted an experiment to test a comprehensive model of user experience with news sites that was developed previously by means of an online survey. Level of adoption (novel or adopted site) was controlled with a between‐subjects manipulation. We collected participants' answers to psychometric scales at 2 times: after presentation of 5 screenshots of a news site and directly after 10 minutes of hands‐on experience with the site. The model was extended with the prediction of users' satisfaction with news sites as a high‐level design goal. A psychometric measure of trust in news providers was developed and added to the model to better predict people's intention to use particular news sites. The model presented in this article represents a theoretically founded, empirically tested basis for evaluating news websites, and it holds theoretical relevance to user‐experience research in general. Finally, the findings and the model are applied to provide practical guidance in design prioritization.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2015


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